Succulents have become some of the most sought-after houseplants because they’re on-trend, affordable, and low-maintenance. With a seemingly endless number of varieties, they’re fun to collect, too. If you’re thinking about adding a few succulents to your Salisbury, Ocean Pines, or Berlin home or office, then take a moment to look through this quick succulent survival guide from the experts at Kitty’s Flowers.
What Makes Succulents So Different from Other Plants?
The primary feature that differentiates succulent plants from others is their ability to store water in their fleshy petals or stems as a type of reserve. This adaptation allows them to grow in harsh environments that see little rain fall, where no other plants can grow.
The Benefits of Keeping Succulents as Houseplants
Succulents are great plants for people who typically forget to water plants. Just put them in a sunny window and forget about them! They’re also great at inducing tranquil, positive vibes that will promote relaxation, focus, and productivity. Succulents are also excellent for indoor environments. They cleanse the air by drawing it toward the soil. When toxins, like harmful VOCs, reach a succulent’s roots, the plants convert the chemicals into nutrients, effectively eradicating indoor air pollution. While purifying the air, succulents also replenish the oxygen.
Top Succulent Varieties
With so many varieties to choose from, it’s hard to point to just a few succulents because they’re all wonderful. Succulents are modern and look great planted alone, in a container with other low-moisture plants, and even as surprising accent pieces in floral bouquets. If you do receive a succulent in a floral arrangement, don’t throw it out when the flowers are spent. Instead, plop it into a pot with some soil. It’ll grow roots and start to flourish, allowing you to enjoy a piece of your bouquet for years to come.
Kalanchoe plants are some of the most cheerful-looking succulents a person can find. They have paddle-like leaves and bloom with clusters of small flowers in vibrant shades of pink, red, orange, yellow, and white. If properly cared for, kalanchoes will continue to bloom annually starting in autumn until spring.
These are some of the most commonly spotted succulents. They’re popular to display in succulent gardens and on their own. Echeverias have classic starburst or rosette silhouettes and are available in a variety of hues including pinks, greens, reds, and even black.
Jade plants are another favorite type of succulent. With deep green leaves and brown-colored stalks, they resemble miniature trees. Fully grown, jades can reach up to three feet tall. They’re also unbelievably long-lasting. Cared for properly, a jade plant can live for generations, being passed down through families.
How to Care for Indoor Succulents
Always plant succulents in a well-draining container with potting soil that’s specially formulated for cacti or succulents. Make sure to place them in a sunny spot, and water only when the soil is completely dry. It is best to give them a thorough watering, rather than spritzing, as this will encourage root growth. To promote even growth, rotate the succulent’s pot periodically. Succulents rarely need pruning, but dead leaves should be removed promptly to prevent bacterial growth.
If a succulent’s leaves are turning yellow or brown, this is an indication of stress. Typically, succulents suffer from over-watering, but yellow leaves can also indicate a thirsty plant. Check your succulent’s soil and contact the experts at Kitty’s Flowers for help.